Nosy Faly Panther Chameleons
Nosy Faly is a smaller island off the northwest coast of Madagascar, adjacent to Nosy Be. Male coloration blends pastels of blue, green, red, and a dirty white, into some unique patterns. Often the red will be as a speckled pattern. Like Nosy Be, their banding is less distinct than some of the mainland Locales, such as Ambanja. They also often have a lot of yellow on their faces, but only on their faces.
There has been a problem within the hobby since the introduction of this Locale, beginning in about 2005, in that many of the females imported as Nosy Faly ended up being from other Locales, most often Ambanja. This resulted in many of the F-1 generation that was produced in the U.S. being Locale hybrids. Unfortunately, many purchased these imported females, and the F-1 hybrids, as breeder stock, producing more hybrids. In our opinion, this created two distinct variations of Nosy Faly. The Madagascar Nosy Faly, and the American Nosy Folly, the latter being hybrids represented as Locale pedigree Nosy Faly, which they are not. Where properly identified, often being part Ambanja, these animals are more appropriately sold as "Faly-Banjas".
We also have always been adherents of "it is what it looks like", as there is no way to verify a Locale except by judging the appearance of the males known from that Locale. Below we have pictured only images of wild-caught imported males, and leave it to the viewer to develop their own values as to expected traits. All these photos were taken by us, at our Florida facility. Click on any image to see a larger and more full version. Each image is of a different animal.
However, as we have not pictured any hybrids, we will add some insights, based on what we have seen. American Nosy Folly will often show banding that has more defined borders where colors change. There will often be far less yellow on the head. The leg and tail markings often show very bold banding, almost as rings, where with genuine Nosy Faly, the color shifts stay more subtle.
Lastly, there are many in the business who will present their Nosy Folly as true representations of Nosy Faly, while besmirching those animals produced by others. We implore folks to do their own research, and especially try to see as many images as possible of wild caught animals.